Albania is a fascinating country not least because the people are of a wide variety of religious denominations. Indeed, despite Islam being the most prevalent, a significant proportion of Albanians are non-religious. There is growing demand for English tuition and, as usual in Europe, it is often easier for EU nationals to obtain the relevant work permits although young Americans may have the chance to teach with the Peace Corp. Most of the work is to be found in the capital Tirana but be warned that salaries are usually very low.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and kindergartens||500 – 1,000||Various but sometimes 6 days a week||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|British Council||1,500 – 2,500||Various shifts often including evenings and weekends||7 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||2,000 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, CELTA (or equiv.), EU national.
1. Experienced teachers are advised to check whether there are any present vacancies at the British Council Albania as the salaries far exceed typical positions.
2. For more detailed information on teaching English in Albania, visit the ELTA (English Language Teachers Association) Albania website.
3. Young Americans are encouraged to consider making inquiries about teaching with the Peace Corps.
As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.
Cost of living
Low – accommodation, food and transport.
Tax and salary information
Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.
|Friendly and fascinating culture||Not many paid teaching opportunities|
|Wonderful beaches and mountains||Not much opportunity for professional development|
|Lots of opportunity for voluntary work||Very low salaries|